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Writing for Creative and Professional Practice MA/PG Dip

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October 2020
September 2020 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
£9,700 (UK/EU)
£14,000 (INT)
Course leader
Josie Barnard

In response to the world's fast-changing media landscapes, we have developed a unique course to equip writers of all kinds with crucial skills, contemporary knowledge and industry insights to meet the challenges and opportunities of today's digital, publishing and business environments.

Why study the MA/PGDip Writing for Creative and Professional Practice* at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we support and nurture the creative aspirations of writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, from novelists to poets, essayists, biographers, media professionals and more. That's why we developed our course to be flexible and interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of a wide range of professional writers, publishers and media professionals to enable you to pursue your creative projects with expert guidance on writing persuasively, getting published and promoting your work.

With us you will explore both the traditional and contemporary opportunities for your writing, considering new media, online platforms and how maximise the potential of emerging markets. Our strong links to London's vibrant literary community, including the opportunity to be part of the North London Literary Festival, help you graduate with the skills, knowledge and industry contacts to turn your writing into a profitable career.

*Please note this course is subject to review.

Course highlights

  • You'll be taught by lecturers who are all actively engaged in either writing, publishing or research, ensuring that you have access to the very latest thinking, findings and contemporary debates concerning writing, communication and media
  • You'll be working in state-of-the-art facilities including brand new digital media suites, with expert guidance on digital platforms such as blogs, e-publishing, and social media
  • You'll be directly involved with the North London Literary Festival, which attracts speakers such as Fay Weldon, Andrew Motion, David Nicholls and Michele Roberts, providing valuable insights, networking opportunities and masterclasses from some of the UK's leading writers, publishers and literary figures
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the MA/PG Dip Writing for Creative and Professional Practice?

Taught by a diverse range of academics, writers, publishers and media practitioners, this course is divided into five modules taken over three terms (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own writing interests and projects to the assignments while extending the boundaries of your current practice through self-reflection, research, analysis, and creative exploration.

There are two core modules on this course and additional module options covering more specialist areas of Writing for Creative and Professional Practice. The first two core modules in Term 1 are compulsory and you are required to take two further optional modules in Term 2 for a PG Diploma, plus a 60 credit Dissertation for the full MA.

  • Modules

    • Media and Creative Writing – Term 1 (30 credits)

      This module explores how the increasing variety of communication tools in the 21st century impact on creative writing. Delivered through weekly workshops to allow platforms, writers, genres, themes and ideas to be introduced in an interactive environment, you will develop the skills and knowledge to become an effective cross-genre writer. By identifying and targeting specific markets, you'll explore different types of text outputs, individually and collaboratively, while maintaining your own professional objectives.

    • Key Principles of Storytelling – Term 1 (30 credits)

      This module explores how stories function in both fiction and non-fiction forms with particular focus on how they involve readers and communicate compelling messages about the world. Delivered through weekly workshops and critical analysis of your writing, you will develop key storytelling skills as well as valuable skills in research and theoretical understanding of the contemporary and historical devices used in writing.

    • Research: Writing, Markets, Audiences – Term 2 (30 credits)

      This module explores the contemporary publishing scene for both fiction and non-fiction, equipping you with valuable insights into how the industry works and the issues it faces. Delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and guided independent research, you will develop professional skills in researching markets and the needs of creative writers and how to apply this knowledge practically.

    • Sustaining the Narrative – Term 2 (30 credits)

      This module focuses on how to plot a sustained, multi-layered narrative while exploring how to structure a story for maximum impact in relation to both subject and your chosen medium. Delivered primarily through workshopping of your writing, you will develop a crucial understanding of the ways in which subject choice and medium affect structure, with the opportunity to focus as the module progresses on building a sustained narrative.

    • Dissertation – Term 3 (60 credits)

      Your final dissertation is an opportunity for you to take all the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the preceding modules and apply them to an independent research project that includes a sustained original narrative with accompanying critical commentary that targets an identified market. This project could take many forms, such as short stories, novella, novel, drama, creative non-fiction and more. Whichever medium you choose for you final dissertation, it should demonstrate a substantial benefit to your professional career and/or provide a foundation for further academic research to MPhil/PhD.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is MA/PG Dip Writing for Creative and Professional Practice taught?

This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in Writing for Creative and Professional Practice.

Our teaching team is hugely diverse with practitioners, academics, and industry professionals from a range of creative industries and professional backgrounds. With a growing reputation for world-leading research in media and the arts, you’ll benefit from our teaching staff’s influence in the industry, with regular guest-lectures from high-profile writers, publishers, digital specialists and literary figures from around the world.

As part of your learning, you’ll be required to actively participate in activities and engage with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively, working and learning as part of a small group at times. You will also be supported by some of the best facilities and equipment in the country with access to state-of-the-art digital media and studios throughout the School of Media.

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Students on the Writing for Creative and Professional Practice MA and the Novel Writing MA have been involved in creating a set of podcasts which gave them invaluable hands on experience of scripting and producing radio pieces. They had the opportunity to showcase an example of their work as part of Middlesex’s literary festival, the North London Story Festival, both via the NLSF website and on the day through a podcasting hub was set up during the festival.

How can the MA/PGDip Writing for Creative and Professional Practice support your career?

Our graduates pursue successful careers in publishing, media management, the promotional industries, education and/or the wider cultural sector. London is an international centre for media and communications opportunities and the programme has been designed to provide an academic framework that places you in an excellent position for employment as well as self-managed portfolio careers.

Placements are not offered on the programme, however self-initiated placements are encouraged and will be treated supportively. Work experience is a very valuable asset in planning a successful career and you are encouraged to gain a short-term placement or internship if you can work these around or into your study. Work placements are supported across the University by the Employability and Careers Centre.

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